Manfred Kraemer Collection of Medical Prints and Satires

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Manfred Kraemer Collection of Medical Prints and Satires


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An Old Maid's Skull Phrenologised
This English satiric print illustrates some of the absurdities associated with phrenology, as the traits and marked skulls of dogs, birds, and horses are treated on a par with humans. The phrenologist "Doctor S." may be intended to represent Johann…

Méthode homœopathique (similia similibus)
This print satirizes the homeopathic doctrine of curing like with like. The caption translates, "You have indigestion, Gastero intero' evacuante! So an hour from now take a little soup, two chops, an omelet, a roast chicken, and twelve dozen oysters.…

In Bethlehem Hospital (Bedlam)
Published as the last of a series of eight engravings entitled, A Rake's Progress, this print depicts the story of Tom Rakewell, a wealthy youth who squanders his inheritance because of immorality, carelessness and greed. As he descends into madness,…

The Amputation
Rowlandson's derision of the medical profession is illustrated by a group of doctors attempting an amputation.

Dropsy Courting Consumption
Dropsy, the stout man, is shown courting consumption, the withered woman. Rowlandson contrasts these 19th century figures to the statue of the classical Hercules.

Ague and Fever
Originally published by Rowlandson in 1788, this print shows Ague, the snake, wrapped around the patient, while Fever, the furry monster, stands behind him. On the right is a physician writing a prescription. A quote by Milton on the bottom of the…

The Gout
Gillray powerfully illustrates the pain and suffering caused by gout, a common ailment of his time.

The Central Board of Health: Cholera Consultation
In the early nineteenth century cholera epidemics were common. The disease struck its victims rapidly and spread fear amongst the populace. Medical science was ineffective against cholera until John Snow's discovery of its contagion through…

The Blue Devils!
This print is part of a set that illustrates the discomforts and pain of illness. Note the use of the little demons to explain the cause of pain and illness.
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